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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:28 PM

OMG Rev. Al is just eviscerating this gun guy

How dare he say MLK approved of guns?
Go Al, GO!

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rurallib Jan 2013 OP
irisblue Jan 2013 #1
hack89 Jan 2013 #2
rurallib Jan 2013 #4
Kennah Jan 2013 #5
one_voice Jan 2013 #3

Response to rurallib (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:50 PM

1. Rev Al was good! nt

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Response to rurallib (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 07:25 PM

2. MLK and his guns

Most people think King would be the last person to own a gun. Yet in the mid-1950s, as the civil rights movement heated up, King kept firearms for self-protection. In fact, he even applied for a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

A recipient of constant death threats, King had armed supporters take turns guarding his home and family. He had good reason to fear that the Klan in Alabama was targeting him for assassination.

William Worthy, a journalist who covered the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, reported that once, during a visit to King's parsonage, he went to sit down on an armchair in the living room and, to his surprise, almost sat on a loaded gun. Glenn Smiley, an adviser to King, described King's home as "an arsenal."

As I found researching my new book, Gunfight, in 1956, after King's house was bombed, King applied for a concealed carry permit in Alabama. The local police had discretion to determine who was a suitable person to carry firearms. King, a clergyman whose life was threatened daily, surely met the requirements of the law, but he was rejected nevertheless. At the time, the police used any wiggle room in the law to discriminate against African Americans

Eventually, King gave up any hope of armed self-defense and embraced nonviolence more completely.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-winkler/mlk-and-his-guns_b_810132.html

It is not a simple issue - it appears that regardless of his personal feelings about violence, he also appreciated the need for self protection. Eventually he did fully embrace nonviolence.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:33 PM

4. that was addressed in the segment

with Rev. Al noting strongly that King did go strongly totally non- violent.
Not like it would have helped him anyway.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 12:14 AM

5. The two issues are perfectly compatible

One can support self defense, up to and including use of deadly force, and also support peaceful, non-violent, non-cooperation.

Dr. King did NOT combine guns and protest.

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Response to rurallib (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 07:28 PM

3. He was great..

Dinner was on the table, but me, hubby and son all stopped to go in and watch. He did a great job! That was the topic of conversation at dinner.

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